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>> pelley: the president's plan b. after losing in court, the white house may have a new plan to resurrect the travel ban. >> we'll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country. >> pelley: also tonight, feeling the wrath. members of congress get an earful at town meetings. >> bring him out. >> pelley: classrooms empty as flu season kicks in. and-- just in time for valentine's day, steve hartman with a couple whose love knows no bounds. >> don't say that, don't say
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that, are you on the air. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this evening president trump said he may issue a brand new travel ban next week. rather than wait for the courts to make a final ruling on his current ban. mr. trump says speed is essential to national security. his ban on refugees and on several predominantly muslim nations was placed on hold last week by a federal judge. and mr. trump lost a second round yesterday in a court of appeals. chief legal correspondent jan crawford is following the case. >> we have a lot of other options including just filing a a brand new order. >> reporter: aboard board air force one he said he would impose trougher screening procedures and possibly a new executive order adding to comments he made earlier in the day at the white house. >> we'll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our
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country, you'll be seeing that sometime next week. >> reporter: the federal appeals court ruling kept mr. trump's executive order on hold while courts consider whether it's legal for him to impose a temporary ban on refugees an immigrants from seven predominantly muslim nations. the obama administration previously identified those seven countries as of most concern for terrorism. mr. trump said the temporary ban was necessary while national security officials reviewed mr. obama's vetting procedures. sources say one possible option, stepping up that review even without a travel ban in place. and coming up with tougher new vetting measures that would make much of the executive order unnecessary, avoiding legal problems ahead. >> there is a concern that the reckless manner in which president trump did this order and the litigation that ensued will cause the courts to put
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limits on perfectly legitimate authorities. >> reporter: now there is a chance the entire california-based federal appeals court could review thursday's ruling by the three judges and mr. trump could also ask the supreme court to intervene. but scott, if this preliminary phase, that's unlikely. >> pelley: jan crawford in the washington newsroom, thanks. mr. trump's national security advisor retired general michael flynn is under investigation tonight for contacts that he had about with russia's ambassador to the united states. that sounds like normal diplomacy but these conversations came before the inauguration. so one question is whether flynn violated a 200 year old law that forbids private citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. jeff pegues is following this. >> reporter: in late december investigators say retired general michael flynn discussed u.s. sanctions against russia in a phone call with ambassador sergey kislyak. a law enforcement source tells
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cbs news that the fbi and other intelligence agencies gathered the information through ongoing electronic surveillance of russian officials and suspected spies. the timing of the call raised eyebrows. the obama administration had just imposed new sanctions on russia and expelled 35 diplomats because of the creme lynn's alleged meddling in the. is election. but russian president putin did not retaliate. something president-elect trump tweeted was very smart. the trump administration has acknowledged flynn's phone calls with the russian ambassador but had denied that sanctions were discussed. vice president mike pence appeared on feys faises last month. >>-- on "face the nation" last month. >> it was strectly coinsal that they had a conversation. they did not discuss anything having to do with the united states decision to expel diplomats or impose a sen seur against russia. >> reporter: today a source close to mr. pence stressed that
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the vice president's statement was based on what general flynn personally told him. at the white house today the two briefly shook hands before a press conference. flynn has been a paid consultant for russia. >> michael flynn. >> the cable channel the obama administration labeled a propaganda arm of the creme lynn. he also sat next to putin at a gala in 2015. a white house official tells cbs news general flynn does not recall and can not be 100% concern certain whether sanks from discussioned. he said he had not seen the stories about the national security advisor but he said he would look into it. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thanks. president trump speaks of better relations with russia but former russian chess master and human rights advocate garry kasparov tells our jim axelrod that mr. trump must be careful not to become a pawn in putin's dangerous game.
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>> sometimes i feel it's like a day in a bad dream. >> reporter: garry kasparov doesn't like the way the relationship between donald trump and vladimir putin is taking shape. >> he always came up with some kind of-- comparing, you know, putin's actions, you see those of the united states. >> reporter: do you respect putin. >> i do respect trim. >> he is referring specifically to this exchange. >> putin is a killer. >> there are a lot of killers, we have a lot of killers, what you think our country is so innocent. >> you hardly find a person that trump didn't touch but putin was always an exception. >> reporter: a former world chess champion who became one of putin's most vocal critics in russia, kasparov was arrested and beaten multiple times finally fleeing four years ago before fellow dissidents bore is nemtsov was murdered and vladimir c-- poisoned twice. >> the way putin had been
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presenting the well to russian people, yes, we do certain things that you may not like, so everybody does. and now, see, president of the united states confirmed it. >> reporter: this week after kasparov criticized the idea of equivalence, iowa congressman steve quinn questioned kasparov's concern. >> i would say garry kasparov's-- in the united states, a long time in russia, has dissent against the regime and he is still alive and well. >> i'm so outraged at this, the issue is so painful. and you know, the representatives of the united states, a member of the house, i mean basically saying if this person is alive, you know, that proves that vladimir putin, killed many other people, he's still not that bad. >> reporter: kasparov says putin's goal is to so-w instability here and capitalize on the divide which is why he finds the president's remark so troubling. >> putin's regime cannot compete with the united states tech in
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logically or economicically. the russian comple is in free fall. putin needs conflict. we don't know the motivations and that's what makes me shiver. >> reporter: kasparov who lives in new york now is less concerned with putin and more with why president trump seems to hesitant to criticize him. >> pelley: jim axelrod, thanks, jim. education secretary betsy devos faced critics at a washington d.c. middle school today. she was met by protestors who blocked the door, forcing her back to her car. the secretary eventually made it inside. devos is a billionaire who has promoted charter schools putting her at odds with teachers unions which worry that there will be less money for public schools. other protests are being heard in republican townhalls all across the country. and nancy cordes has been listening in.
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>> reporter: utah's jason chaff etsz is not-- chaffetz is not used to getting booed in his reliably republican district but last night he knew what was coming. >> bring him out. >> reporter: because his gop colleagues had faced similar anger back home. >> boo. >> let's not yell at each other. >> reporter: primarily over the republican rush to appeal obamacare. >> in grand rapids last night congressman amash stood his ground. >> we need to find ways to handle this issue, not at the federal level,. >> reporter: others like denver's mike coffman beat a hasty retreat. >> he snuck out and he snuck out early. >> reporter: california's thom mcclintok had to be escorted out by police. most of the protestors are frustrated democrats taking a page from the tea party movement that sprung up to oppose obamacare in 2009.
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>> you don't trust me? >> no! >> reporter: in florida this weekend, gus bilirakis was confronted by a pediatrician. >> i have kids with leukemia. we can go on and on and on. obamacare has helped that. >> reporter: health care is not the only flash point. >> chaffetz was also grilled about the president's travel ban and his conflicts of interest. >> the president said the law is extemp-- exempt from a conflict of interest. >> reporter: the protest may already be having an impact. some republicans have begun talking about repairing obamacare rather than replacing it. and the president who initially said he wanted to repeal it and replace it right away now says, scott, that the process could take a year or more. >> pelley: nancy cordes on capitol hill. there was certainly more harmony at the white house today where president trump welcomed the japanese prime minister shinzo abe. he was reassured by mr. trump's
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phone call last night with the president of china. mr. trump told xi jinping that recognize recognizes tie want as an indi visible part of communist china. mr. trump's earlier outreach to independence-minded tie want made japan nervous about provoking the chinese. the president's conflict about the courts reminded us of an interview we did before he became president. mr. trump told us that his c.e.o. experience would solve america's problems. he said quote, it's called good management. >> you know, the problem with a lot of these ideas is that the president of the united states is not the c.e.o. of america. >> that's right. >> the constitution is going to tell you no. the. >> we'll see. >> the supreme court is going to tell you no. >> we'll see. >> and now we're beginning to see. in the immigration case, mr. trump's justice department argued that the president has
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unreviewable authority on immigration. the court replied, there is no precedent to support this claimed unreview ability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy. mr. trump's next challenge may be with republicans in congress. yesterday he called senator john mccain a loser, but mccain as chairman of arms services will largely decide how much of mr. trump's military expansion goes through. presidents always struggle against their restraints. the last president with no political experience was dwight eisenhower. of him, harry true man said-- truman he will say do this, do that and nothing will happen. poor ike, it won't be a bit like the army. coming up next on the cbs evening news, how did thieves pull millions out of atm's. and on the road, not even death could force them apart.
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>> pelley: in brooklyn today a turkish man who used his computer to loot millions from cash machines was sentenced to eight years. how did he do it? here's josh elliott. >> reporter: 35 year oldercan findikogly is the master mind behind one of the most intricate bank robberies in history. a crime so brazen he posed with a pile of cash on his chest. secret service agent scott sarafian said millions were taken from atm's in comork new york city alone. >> block after block, atm after atm. they hit them all. >> had them mapped out and they knew that broadway had a large number of atm's in close prox imity to each other. >> reporter: from turkey findikogly hacked into the computers of natural banks, stole account information and sent atm numbers to criminal gangs around the world he had
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recruited online. he also removed all withdrawal limits from the accounts. gang members seen here on surveillance cameras then went to work hitting machines from tokyo to london to new york where ken premo is a secret service agent. >> they came and emptied these. >> yeah, multiple transactions, take out the limit, put your card in, your pin, take out your limit. >> reporter: back in turkey findikogly was watching it all. >> he was watching so that he could tell who was withdrawing how much so that he would know how much money he was supposed to get back. >> the first hit happened in february of 2011, 15,000 transactions in 18 countries. ten million dollars were stolen. the second hit was december 2012, 5,000 transactions in 20 countries. $5 million were withdrawn. then the big score, february 19th, 2013, in a little over
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ten hours crews made some 36,000 transactions in 24 countries for a take of $40 million in cash. the thieves sent most of the money back to findikogly but started showing off thaifer take, cash and expensive watches. their end came at a mob movie staple, a new york dinner where police arrested one gang member carrying almost $1 million. but dave beech who runs the sk receipt service office in new york says most of the money has not been recovered. >> gone. just gone. it was cash. it's untraceable. >> reporter: the operation was in fact so sophisticated that by that massive third theft, scott, he had determined which atm's carried the most cash of all and so instructed his crews to hit those first. >> pelley: an evil genius, josh elliott, thanks very much. coming up next, the flu vaccine,
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coming up next, the flu vaccine, is it working?
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>> pelley: flu season is reaching its peak with the virus now widespread in 43 states. more than 38,000 cases have been confirmed so far. here's dr. jon lapook. >> with a quarter of the student body in clarkton missouri home sick with the flu, school officials decided to park the buses and close the doors. >> we were dropping like flies, we had about 70 kids out. >> reporter: that is a first for the superintendent. >> i got home friday night, sick all day saturday. >> reporter: missouri is one of 23 states with high activity this season. and we've seen a total of 20 flu related deaths in children. >> i'm sick. >> on long island near new york city nasa university medical center pediatric emergency room is now open 24/7 to deal with an influx of flu. >> this season we are seeing a lot of the h3 virus so this is
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one where people get very sick, and it normally affects elderly people, children and pregnant women. >> reporter: dr. ben dela rosa of holy name medical center in new jersey says his emergency room has been busy. >> we're right around the time where you would see a peak. >> reporter: audrey began to have symptoms after a coworker was diagnosed with the flu. >> i couldn't stay awake. >> reporter: she tested negative for flu but says now she plans to get the vaccine. >> here in illinois there's been an uptick in flu activity over the past week with 43 people admitted to intensive care units. the cdc says this year's flu vaccine is a good match against this year's flu virus and 145 million doses have been shipped out. >> pelley: jon lapook, thanks, doctor. on the road with steve hartman is next. sometimes a nice thicket steak is the best thing for the heart. >> tonight's on the road segment >> tonight's on the road segment is sponsored by one a day 50
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>> pelley: hopeless romantic that he is, steve hartman went looking for a valentine's story. he found a gem on the road to the emergency room. >> reporter: at st. claire's hospital in denville, new jersey, they still can't stop talking about it. >> you don't forget any call like that. >> reporter: a few months ago these emergency responders got a call from a man with chest pain. and what a heart they found. >> first thing he said was don't let me die. >> he said that to me too. he said all he wanted to do was take his wife out for dinner. >> reporter: to her favorite restaurant. >> it was pretty cute. >> reporter: those were the final words of 91 year old joe leifken, his last wish before suffering a major heart attack was to take his wife to dinner
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one last time. >> he showed he loved her a great deal. >> reporter: his wife can't tell you how hard it is to lose the love of your life, can't tell you because her husband's death was short lived. >> oh, you're making me lunch, honey. >> yes, darling. >> reporter: joe was gone just ten minutes before medics restarted his heart. and what amazed them was what he woke up shouting. >> ruth chris. >> he's coming back from the dead saying the sairm thing. >> he said exactly the same thing. >> reporter: joe got his dinner with margie. on the house, of course. but they say the greater gift is still giving. >> we're just closer. if that's possible, is this true? >> oh, yeah, she's one in a million, steve. i could still-- you want to see it? >> reporter: wait, i take that back. okay. i meant no when i said yes. >> too much? >> too much, yeah. >> reporter: this weekend,
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couples across america will go out, assuming there will be many more valentine's to come. >> you're something else. >> reporter: but not joe and margie. they will go to dinner appreciating each other now more than ever. >> steve, she's got six. >> don't say that. >> and before you check out. >> you're on the air. >> he's going to cut this all out. >> please, i hope so. >> you got to love. >> young love. ♪. >> steve hartman, on the road, in denville, new jersey. >> pelley: how does steve find these stories. that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs new, all around the world, i'm scott pelley and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night.
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tonight, twins taking over hhllywood. new details on george and amal clooney's pregnancy surprise. >> i almost started crying. i was so happy for him. >> i'm with george's best buddy, matt damon, with how they kept the big secret and new george dad misstep. >> and revealing her bump on national tv. i have the scoop on her pregnant grammy performance. straight from the show's producer. >> she looks more radiant than ever. she looks so beautiful. >> and host james corden tells us how he will handle finally meeeing queen b. >> i just -- ♪ >> you mean? >> i don't know, start to cry. now, for february 10, 2017, this is "entertainment tonight." in just two days, tte es

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